Saturday, April 29, 2017

Trump vs the Ten Commandments (and the call to care)

As it seems growingly clear that the Religious Right are determined to continue supporting Trump and proclaiming his sin, righteous (and thereby invalidating themselves in society), despite evidence to the contrary being published through the campaign...

"He said he does not ask for forgiveness and "does not bring God into that picture" when he makes mistakes. He has tried to put money in the Communion plate and referred to the sacrament as "my little wine" and "my little cracker." He mispronounced a book of the Bible, and when asked about his favorite verse, has either deferred or, in one case, cited "an eye for an eye," an Old Testament revenge scheme specifically condemned by Christ. (Turn the other cheek, Jesus said.)" - CNN

So, I thought I would do a piece comparing our President to the one standard that they so strongly use to condemn the rest of the world... God's Law...

The Ten Commandments and Trump (all verses from Exodus 20)..

1.  "You shall have no other gods before me."

First...definitions.  What is a God?  God is something you worship.  So, let me just ask you to trust your own ears.  What is the number 1 thing you hear Trump worshiping, daily, in every speech, interview, and tweet...himself.  So, by definition, he has put himself above God.
2.  “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Again...see commandment 1.  The Golden Trump name is stamped on everything he owns, and he is quick to point it out as something that you should worship, as well.

3.   “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

For this one, don't fall into the habit of reading it.....don't cuss.  That isn't what it says.  It says uses the name of God in vain.  So, how about a President that doesn't abide by any of God's laws and brags about the opposite using God's name to his own end of gaining followers for himself?

4.“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

 Not only does Trump work on the Sabbath, but there is a story about his frustration over not being able to get his son in law to do so, as well.

5.  “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

This one I will give him the benefit of the doubt, as I know of no story where he has attacked his parents, yet.

6. “You shall not murder.

I'm not entirely sure that we couldn't produce actual dead bodies with this guy, but the New Testament says...

"Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal life does not reside in a murderer." - 1 John 3:15

Now, as with the first few commandments, trust your own ears.  How often have you heard Trump angry with someone?  It's kinda become his defining characteristic... attacking someone.

7.  “You shall not commit adultery.

Where to start with this one...

Well, we must start with the fact that Trump cheated on every one of his past wives, and when confronted on one of them, what he regretted was being caught.

"My life was so great in so many ways. The business was so great... a beautiful girlfriend, a beautiful wife, a beautiful everything. Life was just a bowl of cherries," he says later in the interview." - Daily News.

But, then, we have DURING THE CAMPAIGN a tape coming out with Trump bragging about his use of women.  He openly bragged about wanting to bed a married woman and saying that he could do anything, including physically, with women, due to being a star.

"Trump didn't stand beside his wife, Melania. He didn't ask for forgiveness. He didn't lament that he had fallen under sin's sway but that by God's grace and with his family's support he hoped to earn a second chance. In fact, Trump didn't mention faith, family or reconciliation at all." - CNN

But, bragging on sex with women is not new for Trump...

"If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller (which it will be anyway!). I’d love to tell all, using names and places, but I just don’t think it’s right.” - Washington Post

And, in that same source, Trump admits to wanting an open marriage with one of his past wives.

8. You shall not steal.

USA Today ran a story in summer of last year about Trump's empire being built on not paying his bills to people..

"At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work."

9.  “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

Hmm..Trump lying about others or the facts...I can't imagine where that has happened.  Just kidding.  When has it NOT happened, lately.  The battle group is heading for North Korea...nope, it was heading the other way.  I am going to raise taxes on the wealthy.  Nope...cutting their taxes massively.  I am going to scrap Obama care....nope.  I am going to use most of it in my own plan.  I am going to make Mexico pay for the wall...nope, it is going to be us.  We don't have money for social programs to help people....well, we can fund the tax cuts for the rich by raising the debt limit.  Etc.

10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

As stated, above, he was very explicitly coveting someone else's WIFE, and his empire is built upon the greed of WANT of what others have and that is never ending.

But, the Conservative Right would counter that God's law ends in Christ (even as they use the Old to condemn others), and they are right.  So what does Jesus say about the law of God..

"Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Matt 22:37-40

Now, I ask you...does a President that angrily yells and condemns on a daily basis, beefs up existing wars while starting new ones, judges entire nations and religions at once, and takes food, healthcare, and education from the poor reflect someone that LOVES others?  Think about it.

"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." - James 2:14-17  

A good reminder not only about judging the President by His fruit (Matt 6:43-45) but the conservative Christian movement, itself, that seems busier pushing politics and building buildings to even NOTICE the hurting within their own congregations, not to mention the community around them.  May we all open our heart to the real love that blooms into a better world. 


Living the La La Life (Choose Happiness)

It is appropriate that La La Land was released for rental the same week that I quit the job that had been driving me into the ground for months.  We saw it in the theaters and loved it, but I had forgotten just how applicable it was to my current state of events and life choices made, recently.

To say that my job has been difficult is like saying Mozart is instrumental.  Yeah, it fits the same use of the word, but the same word...instrumental... can be used to describe any putz with a banjo or harmonica.  Similarly, job was hard, but that is what work is supposed to be like, and that wasn't really the problem.  The problem was never the tasks, it was who it was for and with.  It was not the past or the present that was the problem, but it was the future....or lack thereof.

I mentioned in a recent blog how relationships and workplaces share the same process and outcomes.  So, consider what my past marriage was like.  I spent years sacrificing and doing and fixing problems that was created by my ex, only to ...instead of creating an attitude of concern and a sacrificial response and concern back...create an attitude of thankful expectation.  Thankful, because she knew that she had someone to pull her a** out of the fire, whenever she overspent, worked too long, or otherwise acted without thinking...but she knew that she had someone that would CONTINUE to do so...or so she came to expect.  So, rather than respond in kind, she gratefully expanded my....opportunity to fix things for her and be there for her.  The idea that she would need to be there for me was beyond not only her observation but capacity to understand.  So, when I left, she treated it as an attack on her, rather than what it really was...self respect.

So, now, we move to a workplace that hired me for my ability to adapt quickly, solve problems, and fill in to whatever emergency presented itself.  And, that is how it went.  Very quickly, I was not only tasked to fill in for a dozen different types of plants, when needed but was designated as the new system tester, back invoice payer, and much more.  And, each time I did well (as I always do), they knew that they had someone that could fix what they needed fixed and be there for them, wherever and for whatever they needed, and that began the downward spiral to finally being put in the most complex roles without backup, training, or assistance, while shouldering all the responsibility and blame, so that they could do other ..funner.. things, without a second of concern about how it was impacting myself or my family.  As I saw a cliff coming in the work plan and knowing what it would mean for my family and my future to be associated with it, I gave my notice and ...right up to the last day...continued to resolve this massive analytical burden that no one else was shouldering.  And, in the end, I was criticized for leaving...even though I gave them a month's warning to prepare...because I was no longer going to be there for them, even though they had YET to be there for me.

Sound familiar?  So, this week, as I have been looking for work, I have done some real soul searching on what it means to have a career and/or happiness.  I say and/or happiness, because they are not often the same.  I read a book some years ago called Choosing to Cheat ...while I was in seminary of all places.  The gist of the book was this.  No one has the time or ability to be all things with all of their strength and soul.  We are finite beings with limited resources.  For every increase at work, there must be a decrease at home.  For every increase at home, there must be a decrease at work, and so on.  However, all are important.  Therefore, the key to life is being ok to CHEAT yourself in one or all of those areas.  But, you need to start by asking, what is important to you.

Without giving too much of La La Land away, that is a message of the movie.  You can have success in your career, or you can have a happy home, but you cannot fully have both to the max.  So, you have to determine what is important to you and adjust accordingly.

Therefore, I don't consider it as failure to be leaving a higher paying job for what will probably be a lower paying one, if it provides me the opportunity to spend time with my loving wife and family that care much more for me than that job ever did.  In fact, it would be a failure to miss that for a paycheck, and as the years went on, it would become more apparent.

So, take a few moments and consider how you spend your life.  Are you investing the majority of your time and energy in what will lead you to what makes you happy?  Or, will you "succeed" one day at reinforcing your misery.  Your life is in YOUR hand, and you cannot blame anyone else for your choices or lack thereof.

So, choose wisely.

Run My Own Life May Fitness Challenge

Welcome to my first monthly fitness challenge for Run My Own Life fitness media.  It won't be my last.  I intend to start doing this on a monthly basis and to step up my sporatic fitness posts into a daily, full fledged fitness inspiration mini-web, starting in May 2017 with this first challenge.

For those that don't know me or are new to me, I began in August 2016 to separate my fitness interests, activities, and inspirational postings into a separate Instagram - Runlifekwc - and have spent the last 9 months feeling out my direction with my web presence.  At first, I created a separate blogger account for fitness, but I discarded that due to the time needed to maintain a separate account and the fact that I didn't have a daily focus upon which to post and build.  That is changing, now, but I feel that it is a better fit as an element of the greater Forward to Happiness focus that I have, since establishing a fitness routine will lead to better health, better energy, better confidence, and a better life, as well.  

Just as my entire website has just undergone a massive update, my fitness web is about to do so, as well, and here is the plan, as it sits now (of course I am going to be following the Lowe's theme of Never Stop Improving for my site that is something more original to the very concept of fitness, through the ages.

1.  Websites - As stated, above, I have a longstanding instagram that will continue to grow.  A few weeks ago, I created a twitter account of the same name and same fitness focus (click on the link to follow).  In 3 weeks, it has already reached about 300 followers.  That is where you can find the most recent fitness posts and tweets, though the Instagram is a close second.  Third is going to be this website.  Starting in May, I will be posting updates to this page on a routine basis.  I would like to say on a daily basis, but I think that would be too much to maintain, so go to the Twitter and Instagram pages for daily, though the twitter feed will be live on this page, as well.  However, I will be doing at least 2 posts a week (midweek and weekend) to chart my own fitness progress, tips, and inspirational items, as well.  I will be creating a tab on this page for these posts, so you can see them all in one place.

2.  Challenges.  This is a new thing for me to do, and I don't even know how this will grow over time.  It will kinda depend on what works and what doesn't.  However, starting in May, I am beginning with a daily challenge.  #summeriscoming as they say, that the weather is fitting for is a good time to amp up your program and fulfill those fitness resolutions you made at the start of the year (and after ever big meal ha).  Fitness covers a wide and diverse field of activities.  For me, it started with running, and I will keep that as my main focus.  However, I..personally...can't run every day.  Hats off to those that can, but my aging muscles rebel if I try to do that.  So, I added into my routine #yoga but, while that worked for stretching out my muscles and is important for peace and balance (thus remaining in my program) I wanted more activity on non run days, as well.  So, I added in Leg Lifts and a little abs work.  Yet, I want to step it up a notch.

So, starting May 1st, I will be using the Sworkit app for both my Yoga and my Cardio workouts, and I would recommend it to others to use, as well.  However, it is not required for my challenge.  My challenge is pretty basic.  Here it is....

For the month of May, I challenge my followers to do at least 5 minutes of exercise, every day.  I will be doing much more of that, but don't feel you have to keep up with it.  Indeed, my own fitness activities will be surpassed by many of those out there, as I am not a hard body, super-diet, gym body, and I can't run a marathon or even a half marathon, and I don't really want to.  I want to promote a fitness program that the average person can fit into their lifestyle...and still enjoy their life.

So, start with a 5 minute commitment.  It can be using a fitness app (sworkit allows you to enter how long you want to exercise and gives you activities for that time frame), or it can be as simple as using something like a fitness band or simple leg lifts, standing or laying down, before you nod off to sleep.  Of course, I encourage you to increase that over time, as I have done and continue to do (up to 4 miles each run time, now, which has taken me some time to get to doing).  

At this time, I can't afford to offer any medals, as I am also not charging any fees for my coaching, but you can freely donate to me, here, if you so desire (anything is appreciated).  But, I can offer you more confidence, better health, and a direction toward the body you desire to have.

So, to continue, as I said, starting May 1st, I will be using Sworkit for my non running fitness, days.  There are several reasons for that.  First, it is one of the FEW fitness apps I have found out there that allows you to track BOTH Yoga AND Cardio fitness.  Second, as you can see in the beginning picture of this blog post, you can select what type of exerise you wish to do, then, you can customize it and select the time amount you desire to do for that type of cardio, yoga, or stretching (It fills in the time period with a suffle of the items you choose to fit the period, though I believe you can shut off shuffle, as well).


All you have to do is select customize.  Then, you can select the programs that you desire in your fitness program for it to use and save it as a custom fitness program.  Once you do that, you can select your customized plans from the star icon at the bottom of the first page, as you go into the app, where you can, also, if you so desire, commit to a full fledged fitness routine that takes you through 6 weeks, 3 times a day, program, which you could also do for this challenge.

But, whether you follow along and use this app for yourself or choose your own methods, follow along with my social pages to see my progress and get fitness meme's or tweets to help you follow your path to a happier you.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump Making Tea MAKERS Party Happy, While Villagers Unite

Once upon a time, we had this Republican move that caught my attention, and I found myself impressed by it's ability to cause people to think for themselves and stand for themselves.  It was called the Tea Party, and it was explicitly created to stand for the little guy, referencing back to the time when the Colonies would dump their tea in the sea out of the ships, rather than drink it for big business.  So, the story goes, this party would push for the little guy to stand against the establishment, and it would stand for freedom and liberty and the American Way.

Well, what has happened to the GOP and that tax party movement?  Today, we saw the President's new tax plan...yeah, the President that the tea party helped to elect....and what is the summary of EVERY news source upon looking at it?  It benefits the rich, and it eliminates deductions for the poor.  Indeed, this accountant saw that very clearly in just one element of the tax plan, which was not even the element that most paid attention changed the 7 tax brackets into 3 tax brackets.

And so, the simpleton conservative says....hey, 3 is less than 7, so taxes are reduced.  Well, let's walk through that, and we don't even need the exact breaking points of those 3 groups to do it.  I will do it graphically with dashes...



So, now, look above.  3 is INDEED less than 7, so a wider range is covered by the same tax rate.  So, for those that WERE in the OLD 7 step tax brackets, it means they will pay LESS than they used to to get down to the averaged larger tax bracket, while those that WERE in the lower ones will pay MORE in the averaged tax plan.  For example, the OLD B is now paying the rate of C (a reduction), and the OLD D is paying the wider averaged rate of C, as well (an increase).  So, with perspective, those that MAKE MORE will pay LESS TAX, while those that MAKE LESS will pay more of it to fund the tax breaks of the rich.  How...anti - Robin Hood....

I don't think that Trump and the GOP want to keep referencing the Revolutionary Fathers, because they were poor people that were protesting against the rich English living in their land, and just like EVERY rich despot in history, it eventually leads to a peasant revolt, and the next elections will not be kind, as those voters come to regret voting for their own loss of healthcare or benefits and tax increases, while the rich line their pockets with gold.  As the saying goes...fool me once, shame on you.  Food me twice, shame on me.  And, I don't anticipate the Republicans winning any more elections by pissed on constituents in the near elections.

I honestly think we are sitting in a historical cycle that can last be seen in the period leading up to FDR and the New Deal that put democrats in charge of the government for an entire generation...indeed, they had to change the constitution to keep that Democrat from serving more, because he was not only loved but respected by the little people that he spent his service trying to protect and benefit.

I look forward to our new FDR to come, and the generation to follow.

My Week in Review (notes on employment, relationships, and fitness)

I am going to start doing personal, weekly, blogs on to serve for all of my blogs. 

So, this week has begun with an ongoing declaration of independence from a job that has become the strongest cautionary experience of my career life.  I don't need to go into specifics, but it all boils down to a few principles that I have seen repeatedly in business in America growing.  Most companies, however, only have the beginnings of these flaws, while the company I am leaving had perfected them.  The new, young workers that start working there do not know it is supposed to be any different.  I have the advantage, however, of not only experience in GOOD companies but an MBA of training on what management is supposed to be.  And, that is the reason I am leaving, not for my inability to perform. Indeed, I was given the most complex plant to "fix" and was offered 10,000 to remain for just a few more months.  However, after bringing forth my concerns and objections a month prior to giving my notice, I saw management shelve them, as they had bought me with the bonus offer and felt no need to improve, and I saw us running toward the end of a cliff with very preparation for that....and looking ahead, I felt that it would only hurt my career to remain through that.

As it turns out, I was right to be concerned that my association with that company had already hurt my career.  As I started meeting with staffers and recruiters, I kept hearing, " are from THAT company.  We have heard of them."  As to how it hurts my employment opportunities, I would point to something said by one of the staffers in an interview a few weeks ago and something I heard, yesterday.  A few weeks ago, one of the staffing company reps I met with said, "There is discussion around town about that company, and we are all trying to determine if it is the COMPANY or the employees that is causing it to fail."  Then, yesterday, the hiring official said, "I lost some people to that company, because they were offered more money, but those people were not quality workers, anyway."

And, it's true that there were low quality people there with me....not only in the lower ranks but the upper ranks, as well.  The reason in part for this is that it is a new company into that industry, and they are still trying to work out the bugs in their procedures.  Being new, they couldn't attract the highest quality employees, so there were many that were NOT very good at their job, mixed into those like myself that were hired to balance out the inexperience and ignorance in the staff, and at first...that was attractive.  Come in and be the shining example of talent and rise up in the ranks to management, quickly.  I was estimating being in management there in 6-8 months, and I could have had it.  However, I didn't consider a few points, and I want to list them, here, for others that could be falling into the same passive controlling trap.

-Narcissists, who have a high value of themselves but don't want to put for the effort to learn or act, SEEK OUT others to do things for them.  I have seen this in my past marriage to someone similarly self-centered, but I have also seen that relationships and work share the SAME principles and outcomes.

-While lack of preparation by workers is difficult, lack of preparation and self-training by managers is paralyzing and suicidal.  You can only do so much as a worker, and, if management is not living up to their own responsibilities but are pushing them down the chain to the lowest members to blame for failure, it is a formula for failure, as they will take credit for every good and blame the bottom for every bad.

-Consider the management style.  When I was learning my MBA, I learned about the sectors of management style, and which industry was fitting for each.  Just because something is a successful management style in one area does not mean it would work in another.  A military environment, for example, is most effectively run on command and unquestioned obedience (of course the commanders must be trained and experienced to make this work, also), but outside of that or another civil service job like police or firefighting, the OTHER work environments need POSITIVE rewards to not only effectively run a work environment but keep employees.  People want to feel that they are respected...not only as a worker but as a human being, but many managers, today, have adopted a.... I am higher than you so you do what I say ...mentality demanding unquestioned response and audit the behavior of those under them.  But, in a work environment, this is the equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot.  As a manager, you are tasked with the responsibility of the tasks carried out by those under you, but if those under you do not feel respected or feel appreciated, they will not feel inspired to do well and may leave the job to find other places they are, which will lead to task failure and the blame must go somewhere.  If this blame is pushed down, as well, people will definitely leave, and the cycle goes downward to destruction.

-Consider the REST of your life and what is important.  Work life balance, contrary to this company's perception and much of industry, is not an excuse or distraction.  It is LIFE.  While it is true that many spend more hours at their job than their home, I know of very few that are living for work.  Instead they are working to live.  In my own life, my salary paid or work done is a FAR way down on my priorities than the happiness of my wife, my kids, or myself; and, if that work create obstacles for that priority, I must will all eventually.  Work either provides a happy life, or it leads them to seek another job.

And so, I have put in my declaration of independence and have left the company (and couldn't resist singing Les Miserables songs in the process).  The reactions I got from many is my next point.  Upon putting in my notice, the others that were unhappy at the job, while being happy that I was "escaping" from it, was SHOCKED I did so without another job to take it's place.  This is a very popular reaction, and I have seen it a lot over time.  Indeed, many companies DO consider it a bad sign, when it SHOULD be seen as a good one...the employee knew enough to not want their record tarnished by a bad company.  However, just consider this from a relationship perspective (recall I said they share the same principles and outcomes).  How would you view someone in a relationship that had reached their breaking point in the relationship and said, "Well, I don't want to be without a relationship, so I will just stay this bad one and start trying out new ones till I find a better fit; and, then, I will leave."  I would HOPE that everyone would reject that mentality...though it does appear to be growing in many relationships, as well.  It's called cheating.  When I knew my last marriage was over, I left...I didn't shop around while in a bad relationship.  That is because it is a two step process.  1.  finding what doesn't work for you and leaving it.  2.  Finding what does work for you.  If you are looking for 2 as a replacement for 1, you are going to be more apt to accept ANYTHING as a replacement, and that can lead to another relationship or career failure.  You have to follow your self respect out the door and into what you deserve, instead, even if on the way to the new solution you have to work little jobs (or date around, after leaving) till you find it.

Magically, the universe seems to be smiling on my decisions (see my Godwitch Tumblr).  Leading up to my departure, I draw a card from my Tarot deck several times that was moving out of rough waters into calm ones.  Then, after leaving, last night, I drew three cards from the deck...all from different parts in the deck as I felt led to go to them and placed them down without interpreting them,yet.  Then, I felt led to open my Bible and was led to Psalms and chapter 78 and verse 23.  It is in the middle of 3 verses, where the people were nervous about following God, but he "gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens" ...which was read just as a storm began outside.  Then, I read the cards, and they all...all from different suits...were interpreted that now was the time for stability and balance in your life.  Basically, go forward, it will unfold as it should for happiness.  And, so I look forward to the days to come as I see how that will be fulfilled.

But, all of this change has not slowed my fitness goals.  This month, I had, already, increased my per run goal from 3 miles to 3.5 miles, but the last week I have started doing daily exercise of some kind, even if only leg lifts at the end of the day with my Core Performer or Yoga, and that has strengthened my running muscles, leading to my ability to handle longer distances more often.  Yesterday, I increased that to 4 miles, and I am going to try to keep doing that distance in the runs to come.

Now, while I am a running blogger by definition...I run and I blog, I am not one of those hard body, super diet, people with fast running times.  If that is what you are looking for, you will face disappointment.  My goal in my Run Your Own Life Instagram, Twitter, and blog is not to replace your life with another slave master, telling you what you have to do, but to show how you can integrate fitness into a normal life, will see on my Lifestyle Instagram a LOT of pictures of alcohol, foot, and pleasure.

So, that is my week in review.  I will do another one telling how things are going, next week.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Trump the Global Isolationist? (cutting American aid to push global fascism)

As I was watching the French election unfold and was hearing a lot from our "isolationist" President declaring who he wants in office as the French President, I couldn't help but reflect on the hypocrisy of our  I think that more people need to wake up and notice this, so I am writing a  blog about it, to that end.

Who STILL thinks that Trump is an isolationist that wants to pull back from the world and fix all of our problems.  Indeed, everything he has done to date proclaims the opposite.  He proposes cutting food, healthcare, environmental, educational, and other aid from OUR people, so that he can increase his "big stick" military, that he has so far used to pound Syria, pound Afghanistan, and threaten North Korea, all while telling our country that we need to establish trade agreements with Russia and China and other extremist countries.  Then, he goes twitter happy to condemn Australia, Germany, and others not politically aligned with himself.

And, so we get to the French election, where Trump has HIMSELF got involved in trying to help Le Pen to win the French election.  Now, to be fair, centrist governments around the world and Obama, himself, has fallen behind Macron, but since when have they claimed to be isolationist or America only?

So, we get to the truth in the matter.  Trump is not interested in Americans.  If he did, he wouldn't be cutting their taxpayer aid to use for the military, and he would be trying to represent ALL Americans...even liberals and democrats.  However, Trump is not particularly interested in what the polls show America wants or listen to what they need.  He is only interested in promoting fascism, in this country and around the world.

And, so we are back to Nazi Germany's Alliances and another history lesson.  We hear "Hitler" so often and about Nazi Germany that we forget the pattern of how their alliances happened.  Yes, just like America, Hitler ran on a make Germany great again.  Just like America, they took control of the markets and said what could and couldn't be used to make products, and their car industry (that currently makes BMW) was nationalized...something that the LAST GOP President (Bush) was able to do with our cars, before leaving the White House with government investments in car companies and banks, as well.  And, just like Trump, Hitler ran on a message that he was just interested in Germany.  But, what happened...well...he started meddling in other nations...

"Once Hitler gained control of the government, he directed Nazi Germany’s foreign policy toward undoing the Treaty of Versailles and restoring Germany’s standing in the world. He railed against the treaty’s redrawn map of Europe and argued it denied Germany, Europe’s most populous state, “living space” for its growing population. Although the Treaty of Versailles was explicitly based on the principle of the self-determination of peoples, he pointed out that it had separated Germans from Germans by creating such new postwar states as Austria and Czechoslovakia, where many Germans lived.

"From the mid- to late 1930s, Hitler undermined the postwar international order step by step. He withdrew Germany from the League of Nations in 1933, rebuilt German armed forces beyond what was permitted by the Treaty of Versailles, reoccupied the German Rhineland in 1936, annexed Austria in 1938 and invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. When Nazi Germany moved toward Poland, Great Britain and France countered further aggression by guaranteeing Polish security." - History Channel

Now, every historical event and person is different, but the patterns follow the same paths and reach the same destinations.  When Germany only Hitler started eying control of the world, he began a path of working behind the scenes to influence leaders that he COULD control and attack those he couldn't...sound familiar?  The Rightist government of that time is following the Rightest governments of this time.  The only difference is that THIS time, we are not there to stop it but have become a part of the Fascist New World Order attempting to be made.

But, at least we have elections...well, until they become a threat to Trump's plan, and he starts making anti-Trump speech a threat to the national security....a line he has already toe'd over a few times, such as demanding Twitter reveal a critic of his policy's identity.

We live in amazing times, when such events can happen.  Who would have predicted just a few years ago that the land of the free and home of the brave from which the statue of liberty proclaimed freedom of ideas to the world would, now, be attacking that freedom throughout the globe.  But, in such amazing times, there is always a counter that brings the world back to sanity.  That was the USA in the 40s, and I pray that we become that voice, again.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Father of Lies

Why would anyone believe Trump on anything?  I cannot think of anyone that has more closely earned the title "father of lies" than him.  This week, we learned that when he was supposedly sending a battle group to fight North Korea he was, in fact, sending it in the opposite direction.  But that fits for a President that said he was going to build a wall that would not cost us anything, was going to provide more health coverage than Obama care, was going to reduce taxes on everyone, and said Hillary was under investigation by the FBI, Obama was wiretapping his house (and microwave), and that his administration was known for caring for the environment, even ad he cut federal aid to the agencies safekeeping it.

But, sure as anything, the "church" in America will keep declaring this confirmed liar a holy agent sent by God to... I guess kill Muslims and start wars, because that seems to be all he has accomplished.  The more the established church stands behind this man that expressly rejects love and pretty much every commandment of God, the more they confirm their faith is a lie, how easily they are sold, and that I am right to live my faith apart from them.  Maybe that is why twice as many people call themselves Christian in this country without going to church than those that go to a building to be told how to think.

Facts are facts, though, and the easiest way to decide liars from the true is action, so keep your eyes open, as things unfold.

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